After five long years of waiting, Harry Kane has finally scored a Premier League goal in his cursed month of August.
Spurs’ lead striker finished his chance with cool and calm aplomb after missing multiple decent opportunities beforehand.
Kane had already had the ball in the back of the net by this point, but Anthony Taylor ruled it out after a late challenge on the keeper by Lucas Moura.
The World Cup Golden Boot winner then helped Eric Dier’s cross towards goal with a promising flick, but the ball cannoned off the cross bar and flew back over Kane’s head.
Just when it seemed as if it wouldn’t be his day, he calmly collected Erik Lamela’s pass in the box, before faking a shot on his left foot and checking back onto his right, digging out a class finish into the bottom corner. The curse was over.
It marked a staggering 15 games in August without a goal, stacking up to 1,065 minutes on the pitch over five seasons at Spurs.
48 shots came and went during that time, but it proved to be 49 times lucky for the former Tottenham academy man.
Kane averages a whopping goal a game in both February and March, and although his August ratio is still only 0.07 goals per game, he won’t care one bit.
Kane said: “There has been a lot of talk about it every year and thankfully I got on the scoresheet and we got the win – and that is most important.
“It is one of those things that you can’t explain. I had chances today and everyone must be thinking it must be another one of those.
“I am not silly and I know people talk about it, but it is nice to put it to bed.”
After the match, the Tottenham star saw the funny side, tweeting: ‘Wish every game could be in August.’
Kane will be hoping that his new-found August scoring abilities will carry through into next week’s match away to Manchester United.
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